SORRY THIS IS GOING TO BE LONG!
I am not an athlete by known defination of the word, yet my two jobs require me to walk, pivot, twist, lift, and squat. In March '09 I got a hostess job which turned me into a bus girl during rush time, clearing off 200+ tables in 4 hours. I did not have alot a pain then but when I switched to a waitress job in June the pain started. My pain started out as feeling pain on the outside of my right hip that ran down to the knee (along the side and underneath). I intitially thought it was an iliotibial band overuse problem yet after a few weeks I decided to get a PCP's view on this. He diagnosed it as trochantic hip burstitis and gave me a cortisone inject, it flared, and the pain had intensified 4X within 3 days. Within this time frame I also developed a pain in my butt so bad I couldn't bearly stand sitting on the toilet rim. It was left unaddressed for about a month, due other health problems that arose, and the pain eventually krept up into my right lower back (creating sciatica) and then went to the ER for a severe right stomach and side ache. The ER doctor ruled out any organ problem and suggest it might be musclular or skeletor. The pain in my side latest for over a week and then settle down to a low roar but my right abs were and still are slightly swollen over the rib cage. A few weeks later I went in to get a lumber MRI done and everything was okay except for a posturer annual tear with a small midline hernation on L5-S1, so no sciatic nerve pinch.
Its been about four months now and no real relief from this right hip and side pain. I lost my second job as a waitress so now I am on a 26 to 30 hours work schedule at my local small town grocery store. I got second opinion on the MRI results from another PCP and he referred me to a Ortho, specialized in back, to be sure the L5-S1 herniation was absolutely not the problem. The Othro took additional back xrays and read over the MRI and said I did not have a back problem. He examined my strength and motion and also diagnosed it as trochantic burstitis. He gave me another cortizone injection and after a weeks work of intensely burning butt muscles the hip, buttock and thigh pain went away BUT then the front of my hip started hurting and now also my hamstring (both areas were not painful before).
I went to a Phyical Therapist after enduring 8 months since the onset of right hip pain. She did some strength testing on both hips and though my right clearly has burstitis, tendonistis, and muscle strains it was much stronger then my left side. She said I had a real bad case of imbalance. She tested my strength of my hip muscles that hold the hip from rotating outwards from midline (sitting on the edge of the workout bench, legs hanging over and pushing the knees away from each other). My left hip could not hold her slight pushing. She suspected something so she had me do some easy gluteus medius and minimus gravity exercises and then retested the knees away from each other strength test... This time I could hold it better. She THINKS maybe there is something wrong with the left hip, she through out a hip dislocation - which I can not see how since I have never fell, ran into anything, or etc.
So I am at a loss in how to see what is wrong... do I find a new Ortho specialized in sport injuries over keeping the back Ortho? And should I demand hip imaginery of both sides, since no doctor along this journey has done any to rule out something more serious? I just do not if trochantic burstitis causes this much of a problem or not. I do not want to make a big deal out it if it in not a big deal. Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated !!!!
Asked by kelkay - 3 answers - 8 years 6 weeks ago